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March 26, 2019

MIX-UP: BRITISH AIRWAYS PLANE LANDS IN SCOTLAND, NOT GERMANY

LONDON (AP) — The flight on Monday seemed to go perfectly well, until passengers realized that their plane had landed in both the wrong city and the wrong country.

The British Airways flight from London City Airport was supposed to head to Duesseldorf, Germany, but ended up in Edinburgh (EH’-dihn-bur-uh), the capital of Scotland.

The airline said Monday the problem started when an incorrect flight plan was filed by WDL Aviation, which operated the flight on behalf of British Airways. Officials say the pilot followed the flight plan for Edinburgh, and that air traffic control officials also were following the same flight plan and saw nothing amiss.

WDL aviation said it was trying to determine the cause of the “obviously unfortunate mix-up.”

The flight was refueled and set off again, this time directly to Duesseldorf.

TEXAS OFFICER WINS APPEAL OF DISMISSAL OVER FECES SANDWICH

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer who was fired after colleagues accused him of trying to give a homeless man a sandwich containing dog feces has won his appeal but hasn’t been reinstated.

An arbitrator this month overturned Matthew Luckhurst’s dismissal because he wasn’t punished within the required 180 days of the alleged incident.

Officers reported the dog feces incident happened May 6, 2016, while Luckhurst was on bicycle patrol. He was notified of his indefinite suspension Oct. 28, 2016.

Luckhurst challenged the May date, saying injury prevented him from riding a bicycle from April 6 to June 14.

An arbitrator voided Luckhurst’s dismissal, citing uncertain timing and a lack of evidence that it happened at all.

Luckhurst remains off the job while appealing an unrelated indefinite suspension again involving feces after he and another officer bragged about leaving a mess in the women’s restroom.

PHILLY CHILLY IN SEPTEMBER, SO NUDE BIKE RIDE SET FOR AUGUST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Naked bicyclists say they were so cold riding around Philadelphia last September that this year they’ll do it in August.

Organizers of the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride say they’ve “ridden in chilly weather” the last two Septembers so this time they’ll saddle up Aug. 24 and “hope it’s a scorcher!”

The nude ride was Sept. 8 last year and Sept. 9 the year before that, with temperatures reaching only about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).

Participants in the ride can go as bare as they dare. Some of the cyclists wore their birthday suits accentuated with body paint or glitter while others wore underwear or masks. They pedaled past sights including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, MEOW: CAT VIDEO FEST SHOWS CLAWS FOR A CAUSE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It’s lights, camera, meow for a video festival that shows claws for a cause.

The Portland Museum of Art is billing Cat Video Fest 2019 as “a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos” culled from unique submissions, sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, “classic internet powerhouses.”

Organizers say the museum is working with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland on the furry film festival, which only appears in theaters and is designed to raise money for needy cats.

Nine showings are scheduled for March 29 to 31 and April 3.